Overview

Our software installers attempt to automatically configure your Lightroom External Editor presets for you, automatically, but sometimes you'll need to add the software yourself. The configuration steps you need to follow are at the bottom of this page. However, before you read those steps, there is a bit of information we'd like to share with you, first, to make the process even easier than it already is! Topaz Labs software can be accessed in Lightroom as an External Editor inside the Lightroom application. An External Editor is different than a Lightroom Plugin! We do not use the Lightroom Plugin Manager, nor do we provide access through the Lightroom Plugin Menu. You will access your plugins from the Photo → Edit In menu, but the option you need to choose in that list will depend on the product and version you're using.

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 Important information about Lightroom setup:

  1. You cannot export PSD files from Lightroom to any of our software, it is not supported, and will likely cause a failure to operate correctly.
  2. Lightroom CC 2018 does not support any external host editors, whatsoever. We did not intentionally exclude this version.
  3. When setting up Topaz Studio, be sure to use the correct file to configure! If you do not, you may have issues using Lightroom.
  4. Topaz Studio, and all other products, do not support sequential image load from Lightroom, at this time. If you want to edit multiple images at once, and send them back to Lightroom, you'll need to send them to Topaz Studio at the same time.

Compatibility

 Supported

  • Lightroom 4
  • Lightroom 5
  • Lightroom 6
  • Lightroom CC 2015
  • Lightroom CC 2016
  • Lightroom Classic CC
Note: If your version of Lightroom is not supported, you may still be able to add the external editor preset and use your Topaz Labs software. However, any problems found when using these unsupported versions will not be addressed.

Different Products, Different Access Methods

We have many products, and as a result of that breadth and the number of approaches we've employed through the years, there are three possible ways you'll access your software. Those are through Fusion Express, direct access into the plugin, or through Topaz Studio. All products that use either Fusion Express or direct access (with the exception of the standalone Topaz Studio application) are considered traditional plugins.


1. About Fusion Express

Fusion Express is a small and simple utility that allows several of our products to run in Lightroom as external editors. This utility simply provides you with a window to select the items you want to launch, then opens the plugin. There's not much else to it! Fusion Express 2, the current version, can be downloaded on the Topaz Plugins Downloads Page. Fusion Express works only with our traditional plugin products. Here is a screenshot of Fusion Express 2's simple interface!

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Where do I find Fusion Express 2?

 Macintosh

On Mac, many users accidentally go to the User Library when looking for Fusion Express. This won't work! You must go to the System Library to find the file you need to launch Fusion Express. Here's an easy three step process to get there!

 Windows

On Windows, many users will head into the wrong folder looking for Fusion Express. Often, the Common Files folder is overlooked, and... well, you can't find it!. Take careful note of this file location below!

Which OS?

 Mac  Win
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 Macintosh

1. START HERE: Computer/Macintosh HD/
2. TOPAZ FOLDER: Library/Application Support/Topaz Labs/
3. INSTALL LOCATION: FusionExp2/Topaz Fusion Express 2.app

 Windows

32bit:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Topaz Labs\tlfusionexpress2.exe

64bit:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Topaz Labs\tlfusionexpress2_x64.exe

Please note, there are some products that stopped using Fusion Express when they were updated. For example, Simplify 4.1 uses Fusion Express, but Simplify 4.2 does not. DeNoise 5 uses Fusion Express, but DeNoise 6 does not. If you're missing something in your list, make sure you're looking in the right place!

Products that require Fusion Express 2:

Adjust 5.1, B&W Effects 2, Clarity 1, Clean 3, Detail 3, DeJPEG 4, DeNoise 5, InFocus 1, Lens Effects 1, ReStyle, Simplify 4.1, Star Effects

2. About Direct Access

Several of our products have been updated in a manner that means they no longer require the use of Fusion Express. In order to access these products in Lightroom, you'll simply select them from the Edit In menu.

Where are the files I need?

Which OS?

 Mac  Win
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 Mac

Adjust 5.2: /Applications/Topaz Labs/Topaz Adjust 5.app
DeNoise 6: /Applications/Topaz DeNoise 6.app
Glow 2: /Applications/Topaz Glow 2.app
Impression 2: /Applications/Topaz Impression 2.app
photoFXlab: /Applications/Topaz Labs/Topaz photoFXlab.app
ReMask 5: /Applications/Topaz ReMask 5.app
Simplify 4.2: /Applications/Topaz Labs/Topaz Simplify 4.app
Texture Effects 2: /Applications/Topaz Texture Effects 2.app

 Windows

Please note, your plugins may be in either of these two locations:
C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\Topaz Labs\
Our examples will use the first of these locations
Adjust 5.2: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Adjust 5\tladjust5.exe
DeNoise 6: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\tldenoise6.exe
Glow 2: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Glow 2\tlglow2.exe
Impression 2: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Impression 2\tlimpression2.exe
photoFXlab: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz photoFXlab\photofxlab.exe
ReMask 5: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz ReMask 5\tlremask5.exe
Simplify 4.2: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Simplify 4\tlsimplify4.exe
Texture Effects 2: C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Texture Effects 2\tltextureeffects2.exe

Please note, as products have been updated to In Studio versions, they will no longer use the direct access feature. They will require that you launch Topaz Studio, first, to access them. For example, Simplify 4.2 uses its own external editor preset, but in Simplify in Studio, the product is accessed by launching Topaz Studio.

Products that have direct access:

Topaz Studio, Adjust 5.2, DeNoise 6, Glow 1 & 2, Impression 1 & 2, photoFXlab, ReMask 5, Simplify 4.2, Texture Effects 1 & 2

3. About Topaz Studio

As we've moved forward in our product updates, we have started to move into Topaz Studio. Products that have been updated to In Studio versions will need to launch the Topaz Studio entry from the Edit In list. Topaz Studio needs to use a specific configuration to work properly, so please make sure you choose the files we list here.

Which OS?

 Mac  Win
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 Macintosh

/Applications/Topaz Studio/Support Files/TopazStudioLightroom.app

 Windows

C:\Program Files\Topaz Labs\Topaz Studio\TopazStudioLightroom.lnk

Products that require Topaz Studio:

Clarity in Studio, Detail in Studio, Simplify in Studio, Impression In Studio, Glow in Studio, Texture Effects in Studio

Configuration Steps

Using the file locations we provide you above, you can add your plugins to Lightroom, to be accessed from the External Editor list. In our example, we will use Topaz Adjust 5, but you can follow the same steps for any of the locations you are told to use above, with the same results! To be clear, these instructions work the same for every single product Topaz Labs makes, whether that's Topaz Adjust, Topaz Studio, Topaz photoFXlab, or Fusion Express.

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Add External Editor Preset to Lightroom
 

Open Preferences

 Mac: Select Lightroom → Preferences... from the top menu

 Win: Select Edit → Preferences... from the top menu

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Open File Chooser Window

Select the External Editing tab, then select the Choose button, as shown here

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Find the Application

Using the locations provided above, find the application you want to add to Lightroom. Once you locate the application file, select it, then press the Choose button.

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Open the Preset Menu

Now that you've chosen your application, click the preset menu bar. We show where that is in the screenshot here

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Create a New Preset

From the menu that appears, select Save Current Settings as New Preset...

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Name and Save Your Preset

Enter a name for your preset. Because our example is using Adjust 5, we'll name our preset Topaz Adjust 5. Once you enter a name, press the Create button, as shown here

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Update External Editor Preset in Lightroom
 

Open Preferences

 Mac: Select Lightroom → Preferences... from the top menu

 Win: Select Edit → Preferences... from the top menu

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Open File Chooser Window

Select the External Editing tab, then select the Choose button, as shown here

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Find the Application

Using the locations provided above, find the application you want to add to Lightroom. Once you locate the application file, select it, then press the Choose button.

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Open the Preset Menu

Now that you've modified your external editor preset, you'll see "Edited" appended to the name of your preset. Click the preset menu bar.

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Update Preset

From this menu, select the Update Preset option, as shown here. That's it!

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Delete External Editor Preset from Lightroom
 

Open Preferences

 Mac: Select Lightroom → Preferences... from the top menu

 Win: Select Edit → Preferences... from the top menu

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Open the Preset Menu

Click the preset menu bar, shown here, then select the preset you want to remove.

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Delete Preset

Once you have selected the preset you'd like to remove, click the preset menu bar again, then click the Delete preset item in the menu

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Confirm Delete

Confirm you want to remove the preset by clicking the Delete button shown here. That's it!

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